Raymond ‘Ray-Ray’ Howard Buttram
May 15, 1937-Oct. 19, 2007
Raymond Howard Buttram, 70, of Anderson, Mo., departed this life on Friday, Oct. 19, 2007, at the Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, Mo., after a recent battle with lung cancer.
Ray was born on May 15, 1937, in Albuquerque, N.M., to the union of John H. and Evelyn (Welch) Buttram. In the early 1940s the family moved to the Mikes Creek area of McDonald County, Mo. Throughout his life he worked in the field of construction.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn Long Buttram; two brothers, Jack and John Buttram; and a step-brother, Jerry Hammontree.
Ray is survived by four daughters, Debbie Poling and husband, Steven, Tammy Fischer and husband, Brian, and Laurie Beale all of Anacortes, Wash., and Megan Buttram of Joplin, Mo.; a son, Raymond Curtis Beale of Anacortes, Wash.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his father, John H. Buttram and wife, Lenora, of Pineville, Mo.; three brothers, Bill Buttram and wife, Becky, of Anderson, Mo., Bob Buttram of Anderson, Mo., and Jim Buttram of Pineville, Mo.; a sister, Frances Cook and husband, Larry, of Pineville, Mo.; two step-sisters, Cindy House and husband, Dennis, and Vicki Leach, all of Pineville, Mo.; several nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other family and friends.
Funeral services for Raymond Howard Buttram will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, in the Anderson Chapel of the Ozark Funeral Homes with Pastor David Munoz officiating. Burial will follow in the Union Cemetery near Stella, Mo.. Those honoring his life by serving as pallbearers are Darren Buttram, Susie Buttram, Chas Buttram, John Buttram, Jeff Buttram and Kris Alderman. Honorary pallbearers will be Robbie Buttram, Eric Geeding and Tim Farris. The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 5 until 7 in the funeral home chapel. On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our website www.ozarkfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Mo.
June 13, 1921-Oct. 22, 2007
Alice Tompkins, 86, of Southwest City, Mo., was called home to be with her Lord and Savior at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, 2007, at her home with her loving daughters by her side following an illness.
Alice began her journey on June 13, 1921, in Southwest City, Mo., the eldest of five daughters born to the late Guy and Ruth Ellen (Gray) Haley. She was a lifelong resident of Noel and Southwest City. She was dedicated to her profession as a school teacher, teaching at Greenwood School, Ava High School and Southwest City School, where she also was the Principal for several years until her retirement. Following her retirement in 1979, she continued to tutor at the Southwest City School. Alice was a Charter member of Delta Kappa Gamma in Neosho, Mo.; served on the McDonald County Library Board; and was a member of the County Extension Homemakers and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was also a published author with several devotionals being published in the Upper Room, and a book of “Granny Stories.” She was a dedicated active member of the United Methodist Church in Southwest City where she played the piano for many years and served as president, state officer and district officer of the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed traveling and learning about all cultures. On Nov. 11, 1945, Alice was united in marriage to Everett Tompkins at the Presbyterian Church in Southwest City, Mo., and to this union two daughters were born. Alice was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and teacher. She will be dearly missed and touched many lives in our schools and community.
On Dec. 18, 1980, she lost her loving husband of 35 years, Everett Tompkins. She was also preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Sara Edith Fisher, Ruth Mary Morris and Amy Ethel Tompkins.
Survivors include her daughters, Mary Mueller of Southwest City, Mo., and Naomi Campbell of Lake Ozark, Mo.; a sister, Marjorie Lois Rowland of Van Buren, Ark.; two grandchildren, Shannon Campbell of Lake Ozark, Mo., and Heather Campbell of Camdenton, Mo.; two great-grandsons, Michael Bonney and Christopher Bonney; as well as a host of other relatives, friends, students and neighbors who will deeply miss Alice.
A Celebration of Alice Tompkins’ Life will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007, 10 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Southwest City, Mo. The Rev. David Howlett will officiate.
Gathering for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Southwest City, Mo. The family will receive friends at this time.
Memorial contributions in loving memory of Alice can be made to the American Cancer Society or Community Hospice in care of the funeral home.
On-line condolences may be sent to the family at our website www. walker-dowd.com.
Arrangements are under the personal care of Walker-Dowd Funeral Home, of Anderson, Mo.
Aug. 15, 1946-Oct. 18, 2007
Frances Eileen Adair Mercadante, 61, of Lawton, Okla., went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007, at a local hospital in Lawton, Okla., following an illness.
Eileen began her journey on Aug. 15, 1946, in Buffalo, N.Y., and placed in an orphanage at an early age. She was later adopted by Raymond C. and Frances Adair and grew up in Norman, Okla. She attended Norman Public schools and graduated from Norman High School in 1964. She married her loving husband of 39 years, John Mercadante, on June 7, 1968, in Norman, Okla., and traveled extensively with him throughout his military career. Besides her volunteer work with Army Community Service and the Red Cross at various locations, she served as Executive Director of a local Red Cross chapter in Arizona. After her husband’s retirement in Lawton she was deputy director of the Lawton Food Bank, a commissioner on the board of the Lawton Housing Authority, acting Director of the Lawton Housing Authority, and administrator of Alterra Sterling House. She was a volunteer Sentinel with the Lawton Police Department for several years. The Lord gave her the gift of song and she used it to sing his praises throughout her life as a member and director of several church choirs across the country and community.
Survivors include her husband, LTC (Ret) John Mercadante of the home; her brother and sister-in-law, Raymond C. and Kathy Adair of Noel, Mo.; and six nieces and four nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and twin brothers who died at birth.
Graveside funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007, at the Noel Cemetery in Noel, Mo. Pastor David Howlett will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to Guiding Eyes For The Blind, 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.
On-line condolences may be sent to the family at our website www. walker-dowd.com. Arrangements are under the personal care of Walker-Dowd Funeral Home, of Anderson, Mo.
Roscoe Len Merchant
Jan. 22, 1986-Oct. 15, 2007
Roscoe Len “Ross” Merchant, 21, of Pineville, Mo., departed this life on Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, Mo.
Ross was born on Jan. 22, 1986, in Grove, Okla., son of Johnny W. and Belinda K. (Magee) Merchant. He was born with cerebral palsy which limited his body but never limited his spirit. Ross was known as Mr. Smiley to his family and friends. He was joyful and happy just to be with those he loved. Ross loved listening to music and being sung to by his family. His time on earth was short but the impact he had on those around him will live on forever. Ross will be greatly missed until the time of their reunion in Heaven.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Kimberly Ann Hurley and his paternal grandfather, Dan Merchant.
Ross is survived by his loving mother, Belinda Williams and husband, Bob, of Pineville, Mo.; his father, Johnny Merchant of Grove, Okla.; two sisters, Jill Willis and husband, Brandon, of Anderson, Mo., and Heather Merchant of Grove, Okla.; four step-brothers, Kodi Hurley and Kyle Hurley, both of Tiff City, Mo., and Bobby Williams and Mark Williams, both of Neosho, Mo.; his maternal grandparents, Jerry and Nell Magee of Skiatook, Okla.; paternal grandmother, Floydeene Hazen and husband, George, of Grove, Okla.; as well as a host of other family and friends.
Funeral services for Roscoe Len “Ross” Merchant are 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007, in the Anderson Chapel of the Ozark Funeral Homes with Curt Hurley officiating. Burial will follow in the Cummins Cemetery near Tiff City, Mo. Those honoring his life by serving as pallbearers are Jerry Magee, Jr., Larry Magee, Norman Magee, Brandon Willis, Kodi Hurley and Kyle Hurley. The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 in the funeral home chapel. On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our website www.ozarkfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Mo.
John Norval Dotson
Aug. 20, 1915-Oct. 14, 2007
John Norval Dotson, 92, of Neosho, Mo., died Sunday evening, Oct. 14, 2007, at Medicalodge in Neosho.
Johnnie was born Aug. 20, 1915, in Gibbon, Okla. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Lola Dotson; a daughter, Jonilou Holland and husband, Steve, of Bothell, Wash.; a step-daughter, Beverly Haines and husband, Bill, of Spokane, Wash.; a brother, James F. Dotson and wife, Mary Athelee, of Wyandotte, Okla.; two sisters, Carol Baird of Salina, Kan., and June Bradley of Pineville, Mo.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grand children.
He was preceded in death by his parents Absalom Scott and Ruth Ellen (Armstrong) Dotson; one brother; three sisters; and step-daughter, Claudia Jensen.
Johnnie was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific. He also served in the Civilian Conservation Corps prior to the war. During his years in Neosho, he worked as a painter and was also known for his vegetable garden.
Graveside service will be held at Neosho Memorial Park Cemetery on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Ralph Walker officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., where the family will receive friends from 6 until 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to New-Mac Humane Society, c/o Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 66, Neosho, MO 64850.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, Mo.
Dec. 26, 1922-Oct. 12, 2007
Maerine Pace of Rogers, Ark., formerly of Anderson, Mo., departed this life on Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, at the Circle of Life Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Springdale, Ark., at the age of 84.
Maerine was born on Dec. 26, 1922, in Heavener, Okla., the daughter of the late Robert Lee and Maude M. (Burns) Cox. At the age of 14 she and her family moved to McDonald County, Mo. Early in her life she was united in marriage to Harold William McCully in March of 1941 and to this union a son and daughter were born. Harold passed away suddenly in 1967 leaving Maerine widowed for the next 11 years. From 1953 to 1984, she worked as a USDA Grader, stationed at the former Blue Star Poultry Plant in Anderson and the Hudson Foods Plant in Noel from which she retired. On March 31, 1978, she married Raymond R. Pace and together they shared almost 18 years before his passing in February of 1996. She was a member of the United Methodist Church while living in Anderson and currently was a member of the First Baptist Church in Springdale, Ark. She enjoyed bowling, golfing, quilting and crocheting. We celebrate her life and will forever cherish the wonderful memories she created with us.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Harold William McCully and Raymond R. Pace; and a sister, Jeweldean “Tiny” Shirey.
Maerine is survived by a son, Bill McCully and wife, Mary, of Lowell, Ark.; a daughter, Patricia Rowland and husband, Craig, of Rogers, Ark.; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; a brother, Emmit Lee Cox and wife, Alisa, of Oxnard, Calif.; a sister, Valeria “Vicki” Mitchell of Bakersfield, Calif.; a close friend, Edie McKewen and husband, Terry, of the state of Texas; several nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other family and friends.
Funeral services are 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, in the Anderson Chapel of the Ozark Funeral Homes with Bro. Charlie Foster officiating. Burial will follow in the Union Cemetery near Stella, Mo. Those honoring her life by serving as pallbearers are Christopher Canfield, Nicholas McCully, Matthew McCully, Jordan Whiteman, Buddy Cox and Dean Cox. Neal Shirey and Alan Brumley will serve as honorary pallbearers. The family will receive friends on Monday evening from 5 until 7 in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers memorials are being directed to the Circle of Life Hospice House and contributions may be left at the funeral home. On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our website www.ozarkfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Mo.
Floyd Orval Harrington
May 30, 1935-Oct. 9, 2007
Floyd Orval Harrington, 72, a former Seminole County resident, passed from this life Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007, in Joplin, Mo. He was born May 30, 1935, in Wewoka, Okla., to parents O.F. Harrington and Lavaner Flora (Ferguson) Harrington. He attended New Lima schools. Floyd married Ola Mae Welch on June 20, 1954, in Wolf, Okla.
In 1961 he and his family moved to Blackwell, Okla., for a short time and then to Enid, Okla., in 1965. In Enid he co-owned and operated Tools Plus oil field supply company until he retired in 2000. He and his wife moved to Anderson, Mo., in 2002. They were affiliated with the First Assembly of God Church in Enid and the Patterson Heights Baptist Church in Tiff City, Mo.
Mr. Harrington leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 53 years, Ola Mae (Welch) Harrington of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Kenneth Smith of Enid, Okla.; two sisters, Dean Taylor and Nancy Snow of Enid, Okla.; five grandchildren, Jason and Abra Jantz, both of Anderson, Mo., and Jeremy, Amy and Josh Smith, all of Enid, Okla.; and two great-grandchildren, Dominic Smith and Haven Marston, both of Enid, Okla.
Mr. Harrington was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Pamela Jantz who died Sept. 1, 2006; and four brothers, John Melvin, Clifford, Don and Glen Harrington.
Funeral services were scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel in Seminole, Okla. The Rev. Charles Welch (Harrington’s brother-in-law from Tulsa, Okla.) officiated the service.
Interment followed at Little Cemetery north of Seminole, Okla.
Casket bearers were Ray Harrington, Aaron Harrington, John Bailey, Kenneth Baiser, Mark Morgan and Mike Jantz.
Honorary bearers were Curtis Meloy, Glenn Blaiser and Jim Parsons.
The family had a lunch before the service at Ray and Barbara Harrington’s home in Seminole, Okla.
Services were under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Okla.